Hello, FG World! This is Joseph Herbert's personal user page.
I started volunteering with classes in November/December of 2012. (Many years ago, perhaps in ~2005, I had volunteered in the Build program.) Currently I am teaching the "Getting Started w/ your [FG CPU]" class.
I was fortunate enough to be born & raised here in P-town, and enjoy the outdoors (especially the mountains, forest).
My professional interests and passions go beyond strict technology, to include high-level Systems-thinking (e.g. infrastructure, whether people or things), and methods/processes for improvement. I also enjoy informal education, and facilitating the learning process (of course).
I am also working on developing new curriculum -- Darren suggested the great title, "Living in a Technology World." Essentially, this refers to aptitudes, or broad mindsets, of how to go about being proficient with technology. There's a lot of content and directions this could go! If you're interested, and have an aptitude for either education / human psychology / learning process, or tech, I would love to sit down over tea w/ you to help shape the course(s).
teacher notes (getting started / adoption class)
CLASS FLOW IMPROVEMENTS
Delegate, delegate, delegate!
- Often, the teacher at the front is more aware of students getting "lost" -- faster than other instructors/assistant helpers in back of the class.
- ... So... if a student has a problem / is getting lost... Delegate to an assistant instructor! E.g., "Hey Alex, could you help Robin with his/her problem / question? Thanks!!"
- Turning around more / facing class
- Checking in, interacting w/ students
- Glance at their monitors periodically -- ensure they're following along, and know how to do what you're demonstrating! (e.g. vs facebook)
Walk students thru useful 'projects':
- e.g., spellcheck in Writer -- misspell a word, etc.
- e.g., the "lifecycle" of a file: Creating in Writer -> Saving -> Closing -> Finding / Locating (use multiple methods to demonstrate this, incl. Catfish) -> Deleting -> Recovering from Trash -> Deleting & permanently removing...
- .... Talk about how it will continue to take up HDD space -- until permanently deleted from Trash.
Ubuntu Software Center
- Probably need a few examples of these
- Applications: Searching for / Installing / Finding & Opening
- e.g. Application Finder -- helps you locate!!
- Demonstrate this, e.g. with WINE
At every opportunity, mention a class related to X!
- Terminal / Command Line 1 (and 2)
ISSUES TO FIX (verify?):
- Default for .ODF in Xubuntu 12.04 is Abiword?
--> needs to change Filetype association to LibreOffice